Tofu (Chinese dòufu, Japanese tōfu), or bean curd,is a soft white food made by coagulating soy milk, and then pressing the resulting curds into blocks. It is of Chinese origin.Tofu is low in calories, contains a relatively large amount of iron and contains little fat. Depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, the tofu may also be high in calcium and/or magnesium.

tofu with oyster sauce

Today I will introduce you a chinese tofu recipe that Serves 4-6:tofu with ‘oyster’ sauce.

Cooking and preparation

Preparations time: about 40 minutes
Cooking time: about 30 minutes

450g/1lb firm bean curd (tofu)
6-8 dried shiitake mushrooms
oil for deep-frying
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
120g/4½oz fresh peas (shelled weight), or frozen peas (defrosted)
1 tbsp sesame oil
For the sauce
1 tsp cornflour
120ml/4fl oz vegetable stock, plus 1 tbsp
1 tsp Chinese light soy sauce
2 tsp Chinese dark soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp vegetarian ‘oyster’ sauce or vegetarian mushroom condiment.

Step by step

Step 1

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Place the dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl, add warm water to cover and leave to soak for 30 minutes or until soft.

Step 2

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While the mushrooms are soaking, cut the bean curd into slices about 0.5cm x 4cm x 5cm/½in x 1½in x 2in.

Step 3

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Place the bean curd pieces on a sheet or two of kitchen paper, cover with another piece of kitchen paper and pat them dry.

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